People from Acton, London

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  1. Roger Daltrey

    Roger Daltrey


    Roger Harry Daltrey, (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the top ten charts in the United Kingdom during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, I'm a Boy, Happy Jack, Pictures of Lily, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, and You Better You Bet. Daltrey began his solo career in 1973, while still a member of the Who. Since then, he has released eight studio albums, five compilation albums, and one live album. His solo hits include Giving It All Away, Walking the Dog, Written on the Wind, Free Me, Without Your Love, Walking in My Sleep, After the Fire, and Under a Raging Moon. In 2010 he was ranked as number 61 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

  2. Alan Wilder

    Alan Wilder


    Alan Charles Wilder (born 1 June 1959) is a British musician, formerly of Depeche Mode. His current musical project is called Recoil, started as a side project to Depeche Mode. When he left the latter in 1995, it became Wilder's primary project. Wilder has also provided production and remixing services to the bands Nitzer Ebb and Curve. He is a classically trained musician and renowned contemporary music producer.

  3. Leagh Conwell

    Leagh Conwell


    Leagh Conwell (born 8 February 1990) is a British actor, known for his roles in A Knight's Tale (2001) as Young William Thatcher and Wondrous Oblivion (2003), as Jessop.

  4. Shauna Gambill

    Shauna Gambill


    Shauna Gambill is a beauty queen from Acton, California who has held the Miss Teen USA title and competed in the Miss USA and Miss World pageants.

  5. Asma al-Assad

    Asma al-Assad


    Asma al-Assad (Arabic: أسماء الأسد‎, or ) (born 11 August 1975, née Asma Akhras) (Arabic: أسماء فواز الأخرس‎, ), is a British-Syrian. She was born to Syrian-born parents, raised and educated in the United Kingdom, and graduated from King's College London in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and French literature. She briefly pursued a career in international investment banking before moving to Syria to marry President Bashar al-Assad in December 2000.

  6. Peter Ackroyd

    Peter Ackroyd


    Peter Ackroyd, CBE, FRSL (born 5 October 1949) is an English biographer, novelist, and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. For his novels about English history and culture and his biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and Sir Thomas More he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. He is noted for the volume of work he has produced, the range of styles therein, his skill at assuming different voices and the depth of his research. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for Literature in 1984 and appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.

  7. Hal Robson-Kanu

    Hal Robson-Kanu


    Thomas Henry Alex "Hal" Robson-Kanu (born 21 May 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Reading.

  8. Gerry Cakebread

    Gerry Cakebread


    Gerald "Gerry" Cakebread OBE (1 April 1936 – 24 September 2009) was an English football goalkeeper who played in the Football League for Brentford. He remained a part-time player throughout his professional career. Cakebeard was posthumously inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in May 2015.

  9. James Blackburn (RAF officer)

    James Blackburn (RAF officer)


    Wing Commander James Blackburn DSO* DFC* DFC (US) (1916–1993) was a Royal Air Force officer who completed a record five tours of operations during World War II.

  10. Luke Oliver

    Luke Oliver


    Luke John Oliver (born 1 May 1984) is an English footballer who currently plays as a defender for Aldershot Town.

  11. Gerald Graham

    Gerald Graham


    Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Graham, VC GCB GCMG (27 June 1831 – 17 December 1899) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

  12. Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley

    Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley


    Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley SL PC FRS (29 November 1828 – 9 December 1921) was an English judge.

  13. Thomas Nash (aviator)

    Thomas Nash (aviator)


    Captain Thomas Walter Nash DFC (1891–1918) was a World War I flying ace credited with eight aerial victories.

  14. Geoff Morton

    Geoff Morton


    Geoffrey Dalgleish Morton (22 July 1922 – 28 January 2000) was an English professional footballer, cricketer, umpire and sports coach. He was best known for his achievements as a goalkeeper in the Football League, and as both a medium-fast bowler and umpire in first-class cricket, most notably the County Championship. He later served as a coach at Malvern College.

  15. Eric Mieville

    Eric Mieville


    Sir Eric Charles Miéville, GCIE, KCVO, CSI, CMG (31 January 1896 - 16 September 1971) was a senior British civil servant who served as Assistant Private Secretary to George VI from 1937 to 1945, and who also served as Private Secretary to several Governors-General of India and Canada.

  16. Dennis Baldry

    Dennis Baldry


    Dennis Oliver Baldry (born 26 December 1931) is a former English cricketer. Baldry was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler. Baldry played as an all-rounder.

  17. Frederick John Cradock

    Frederick John Cradock


    Frederick John Cradock was posthumously awarded the George Cross for heroism in his attempts to save a workmate from boiling steam on 4 May 1943 in Glemsford in Suffolk.

  18. Eric Delaney

    Eric Delaney


    Eric Delaney (22 May 1924 – 14 July 2011) was an English drummer and bandleader, popular in the 1950s and early 1960s.

  19. Leonard E. H. Williams

    Leonard E. H. Williams


    Leonard Edmund Henry Williams, CBE, DFC, (6 December 1919 – 9 June 2007) was the former chief of the Nationwide building society, also known for his career as a Spitfire pilot in the RAF.

  20. Charlie Henry

    Charlie Henry


    Charles Anthony Henry (born 13 February 1962) is an English former professional footballer, born in Acton, London, who played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Torquay United, Northampton Town and Aldershot.

  21. Jim Marshall (businessman)

    Jim Marshall (businessman)


    James Charles "Jim" Marshall, OBE (29 July 1923 – 5 April 2012) known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, was an English businessman and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, has created equipment that is used by some of the biggest names in rock music, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. In 2003 Marshall was awarded an OBE for "services to the music industry and to charity". Marshall is considered to be one of the four fathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.

  22. Ian Moran

    Ian Moran


    Ian Patrick Moran (born August 24, 1972) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman.

  23. Francis Spurzheim Craig

    Francis Spurzheim Craig


    Francis Spurzheim Craig (1837-1903) was a Victorian newspaper reporter and editor who was present during the inquests into the victims of Jack the Ripper. A new theory by Dr. Wynne Weston-Davies argues that Craig was Jack the Ripper and the British government has agreed to the exhumation of Mary Jane Kelly, the Ripper's last victim, and the taking of a DNA sample from her remains.

  24. Percy Gleeson

    Percy Gleeson


    Percy Gleeson was an English professional football inside forward who appeared in the Football League for Brentford. He later made 367 appearances and scored 111 goals for Southern League side Guildford City.

  25. Steve Gallen

    Steve Gallen


    Stephen "Steve" Gallen is a London born Irish football coach and manager.

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